Must Have’s for Your Car Winter Survival Kit

Everyone should carry a Winter Survival Kit in their car – even if you don’t necessarily live in a place that has harsh winters. Honestly with the way the weather acts so crazy, you really never know when ‘winter’ may hit!

  • a shovel
  • windshield scraper and small broom
  • flashlight with extra batteries
  • battery powered radio
  • water
  • snack food including energy bars
  • raisins and mini candy bars
  • matches and small candles
  • extra hats, socks and mittens
  • First aid kit with pocket knife
  • Necessary medications
  • blankets or sleeping bag
  • tow chain or rope
  • road salt, sand, or cat litter for traction
  • booster cables
  • emergency flares and reflectors
  • fluorescent distress flag and whistle to attract attention
  • Cell phone adapter to plug into lighter

This post is sponsored by Alfa Romeo of Patchogue

Be sure to have your items in an easy-to-reach place from INSIDE your vehicle – your trunk could get jammed or frozen; so if you put it in your trunk, make sure that you can access it from inside.
As far as food – of course make sure its something you can eat hot or cold, things that keep well are nuts, beef jerky, trail mix, etc.

911 tips:

  • If possible, call 911 on your cell phone. Provide your location, condition of everyone in the vehicle and the problem you’re experiencing.
  • Follow instructions: you may be told to stay where you are until help arrives.
  • Do not hang up until you know who you have spoken with and what will happen next.
  • If you must leave the vehicle, write down your name, address, phone number and destination. Place the piece of paper inside the front windshield for someone to see.


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